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The GEM Unit is coordinated and implemented the Global Land Cover 2000 Project (GLC 2000) in collaboration with a network of partners around the world. The general objective is to provide for the year 2000 a harmonized land cover database over the whole globe. The year 2000 is considered as a reference year for environmental assessment in relation to various activities, in particular the United Nation's Ecosystem-related International Conventions. In fact, the GLC2000 dataset has been used in the Millennium Ecosystetm Assessment. To achieve this objective GLC 2000 makes use of the VEGA 2000 dataset: a dataset of 14 months of pre-processed daily global data acquired by the VEGETATION instrument on board the SPOT 4 satellite, made available through a sponsorship from members of the VEGETATION programme, including JRC (